Maruti Suzuki Celerio: The new A-Star?
Unveiled at the 2013 Thailand Motor Show, the Suzuki A-wind concept gave birth to what we know as the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. As it was launched in 2014, the Celerio was marketed as the most affordable AMT car in the country.
The Celerio will certainly remind of the A-Star on a first look. While the front-end of the car boasts an all-new design, it’s the profile that appears to be very identical to the above mentioned. The alloy wheels, on the other hand, could have been better designed. The rear-end, though, looks like a revolution of the Alto, with few subtle changes.
In a country where Maruti Suzuki already sells plenty of hatchbacks, the Celerio overlaps the WagonR in terms of price. Surprisingly, the 2019 WagonR is tad bit more expensive and much better loaded than the Celerio. More on the Maruti Suzuki Celerio down below.
Since the A-Star didn’t turn out to be a cash cow for Maruti Suzuki, the Celerio is completely revamped so as to distinguish itself from the model it replaces. As far as the dimensions are concerned, the Celerio is 3,600mm in length, 1,600mm in width, and 1,560mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,425mm and a ground clearance of 165mm. The kerb weight for the base-spec LXi variant is 810kg.
Under the hood here is the company’s 998cc three-cylinder K10 series motor which is capable of churning out 67bhp and 90Nm of torque. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or an AMT. The AMT is nice and easy to operate, recommended for those who spend most their time driving in the city. The shifts are noticeable, and there’s certain lag associated with AMTs that’s visible here.
The Suzuki Celerio has a fuel tank capacity of 35-litres. As for the mileage, the CNG variant is good for 31.79km/kg. The petrol manual and AMT, on the other hand, are capable of delivering 23.1km/l (ARAI-certified).
As far as features are concerned, the ZXi trim is quite decently equipped, although the equipment levels are not as good as the new WagonR. Anyways, the ZXi trim you see here comes with silver alloy wheels and body colours bumpers, door handles, and ORVMs. On the inside, you now get a 2-DIN audio infotainment system with Bluetooth, AUX, and iPod connectivity. The audio system can also be operated through the dedicated steering-mounted audio controls. The MID is also nice and very informative, although the graphics could have been sharper.
The Celerio, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, namely, Blazing Red, Silky Silver, Glistening Grey, Arctic White, Torque Blue, and Tango Orange. In our opinion, the Celerio looks the best in the Glistening Grey, as it further completes the silver alloy wheels with a nice contrast. The Tango Orange and Torque Blue seem to be a bit overwhelming to the eyes.
All the details regarding the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the company’s brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is available in twelve variants: Six for the Petrol-manual, four for the Petrol-AMT and two for Petrol-manual-CNG. As for the manual, the price for the LXi variant is Rs. 4.31 lakh, the price for the LXi (O) variant is Rs. 4.4 lakh, the price for the VXi variant is Rs. 4.7 lakh, the price for the VXi (O) variant is Rs. 4.77 lakh, the price for the ZXi variant is Rs. 4.96 lakh, and the price for the ZXi (O) variant is Rs. 5.36 lakh. As for the AMTs, the price for the VXi AMT variant is Rs. 5.13 lakh, the price for the VXi (O) AMT variant is Rs. 5.2 lakh, the price for the ZXi AMT variant is Rs. 5.39 lakh, and the price for the ZXi (O) AMT variant is Rs. 5.48 lakh. Now, for the CNG variants, the price for the VXi CNG variant is Rs. 5.35 lakh, and the price for the VXi (O) CNG variant is Rs. 5.43 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX.
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